Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bacon - In The Oven

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I'm a huge bacon lover. I'm not a huge fan of cooking bacon. For years I only fried it in a pan. Not only was I completely inept at this process -half cooked half burnt- but it stunk up the whole kitchen (not to mention my hair). Who wants to walk around smelling like bacon all day? That might be a conversation for another time.

I started getting this amazing, thick cut bacon from our CSA and I needed a better way to cook it so I wasn't ruining it. I ended up going to my end all, be all place for culinary guidance - Chow.com, where I learned how easy it is to bake bacon. They have the best videos on mastering just about anything in the kitchen.

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First I turn the oven to 400 degrees. I do not preheat the oven. I just turn it on as I'm getting the baking sheet ready.
Then I line a baking sheet with foil (for easy cleanup), followed by a layer of parchment paper (to prevent sticking) and the slices of bacon. It doesn't really matter how close they are together since they will shrink up while cooking.

pre-baked

Put bacon-filled baking sheet into the oven and bake for 15-18 mins. I start checking it about 15 minutes in. No need to turn it, just leave it on the sheet.

mmmm... .sizzling in the oven

When it looks done, pull it out of the oven and let rest (and drain) on a paper-towel lined plate.



This method is super easy and all you've got to do (once the bacon fat cools down) for clean up is roll the foil up on each end and and throw away!




4 comments:

  1. Mmmm...bacon! I tried this once when making brunch for a crowd and loved it. Soooo easy! Your pic of the cooked bacon is seriously making me hungry. I can almost smell it now...

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  3. What a brilliant idea! I am so tired of frying it!

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  4. I love this method! If I'm making more than 4 slices of bacon I just throw it in the oven.

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